Dutchess of Manchester's New Strathspey

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X:1 T:Dutchess of Manchester’s new Strathspey C:Robert Mackintosh M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 36) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F C2|F3GAF3 (dcBA c2)f2|cA3cf3 Tg3fga3|F3GAF3 (dcBA c2)f2|Tg3fga3 fff2 f2:| c2|f3gaf3 eb3ge3|f3c dcBA (B2G2G2c2)|f3gaf3 eb3ge3|dg3ec3 {fg}(a2f2f2c2)| f3gaf3 eb3ge3|f3c dcBA (B2G2G2)cB|A3cBd3 cf3eg3|a2f2 cegb af3f2||



DUTCHESS OF MANCHESTER'S NEW STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Dutchess of Manchester's New Strathspey" was composed by Edinburgh fiddler-composer and bandleader Robert Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808). The Duchess of Manchester at the time of Mackintosh's publication was Lady Susan Gordon, born in 1774 at Gordon Castle, Bellie, Perthshire, Scotland, the daughter of Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon and Jane Maxwell. She married William Montagu, 5th Duke of Manchester, son of George Montagu, at Eaton, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and was styled as Duchess of Manchester at their wedding in October, 1793. Cokayne writes that:

it is mentioned in the Memoirs of a Highland Lady, under date 1812, that 'the Duchess had left home years before with one of her footmen'.

Lady Jerningham wrote, in 1813:

'The Duchess of Manchester is finally parted from her husband, her conduct becoming most notoriously bad.

She died in August, 1828, at age 54.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), c. 1804; p. 36.






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